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Scientists say being funny is associated with having above-average intelligence

In one 2011 study, researchers at the University of New Mexico asked 400 psychology students to complete measures of abstract reasoning ability and verbal intelligence before writing captions for a series of New Yorker cartoons.<p>Sure enough, captions that were rated funnier belonged to students who …

How Transcendental Meditation Taught Me to Take Risks

Image by John Kelsey<p>Transcendental meditation is having a moment. Everyone from Hugh Jackman to Oprah is an avid fan. Even Wall Street is paying attention, with Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater, the world's largest hedge fund, not only practicing Transcendental Meditation daily, but insisting his …

Syrian refugees surrender to immigration agents at US-Mexico border

Homeland Security confirms group – consisting of a family of three people along with two men – identified themselves to border agents in Laredo, Texas<p>Federal officials said on Sunday another group of Syrian refugees had turned themselves in at the US-Mexico border.<p>Related: Syrian refugees in …

Immigration

Urban Farming Revolution: Impact Farm Allows You to Grow Fresh Produce in the Middle of the City

Urban farming is most certainly the way of the future. However, some of the largest barriers to this style of food production is a lack of space in densely populated cities, and also climate fluctuation. Copenhagen-based urban design lab Human Habitat seeks to address these issues with their …

The Eye Floater Phenomenon: Between Science and Spirituality

In the mid-1990s, I met a man named Nestor living in the solitude of the hilly Emmental region of Switzerland. Nestor has a unique and provocative …

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

Hi-Tech Indoor Garden Uses Aquaponics to Grow a Salad a Day

In recent years, indoor gardening has become more accessible and easier to cultivate, even if you lack a green thumb. Smart designers are finding clever and useful new ways to bring gardening indoors. Unlike most other indoor gardens, however, the Grove Ecosystem–the world's first intelligent, …

Can't Sleep -- The Meditation Cure

There are times in life where we just cannot sleep. We toss and turn the night away, hoping upon hope to fall back to sleep again. Whether it be for short intermittent periods during stressed and challenging times, or long years of sleeplessness caused by chronic tension, insomnia can be like the …

58 cognitive biases that screw up everything we do

In fact, we are prone to hundreds of proven biases that cause us to think and act irrationally, and even thinking we're rational despite evidence of irrationality in others is known as blind spot bias.<p>The study of how often human beings do irrational things was enough for psychologist Daniel …

How to act less stupid, according to psychologists

Over the course of any given day, the average person sees plenty of odd behavior. A bizarre outfit or a strange conversation, an unfamiliar gesture or anything, really, that doesn't fit into the realm of acceptable behavior.<p>One of the most common breaches, one of the things that tends to give us …

The 40-30-20-10 Rule Of Time Management

The underlying concept behind every piece of time management advice you’ve ever received is that you should spend more focused time on what matters most and less or no time on distractions from what matters most. The trouble is that that choice is rarely black and white but, rather, filled with all …

Time Management

Home Stories : Curated Life with Simplicity and Style

When Paul and Sophie Yanacopoulos-Gross arrived in Brooklyn Heights from Geneva, Switzerland to open Home Stories they brought with them 30 years of …

Brooklyn Revival: A Bright and Open Family House by Ensemble Architecture

Elizabeth Roberts and the team at Ensemble Architecture, DPC, specialize in recasting Brooklyn’s classic dark and narrow townhouses for 21st-century …

Brooklyn's Finest Neighborhoods Also Have Low Credit Scores

<i>View of NYC from one of Brooklyn's least affordable neighborhoods, DUMBO.</i><p>Brooklyn is the new Manhattan. In fact, I've heard of people in Brooklyn moving to Manhattan because rent is cheaper there. What was once just a distant borough across the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, has now become an …

10 Signs You Have Exceptional Mental Strength

If you do these things, you can be sure you're more resilient than average.<p>Just a few weeks ago here on Inc.com we published advice from psychotherapist Amy Morin laying out bad habits you need to break if you want to achieve incredible mental strength. But what if you read the list and were …

Self-help

10 Apartment Essentials That Could Save Your Relationship

PHOTO: COURTESY OF DESIGN WITHIN REACH.<p>There's no denying the myriad joys of living alongside a significant other: shared meals, a warm bed, lazy weekends in. It's what many refer to as "a never-ending sleepover with your best friend" -- and who could find fault with that? But cohabiting has its …